Teacher’s Death: Kashmir Observes Shutdown

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SRINAGAR — People of Kashmir Valley on Wednesday observed a shutdown to protest against the custodial death of a teacher from southern Awantipora police district.

Rizwan Asad Pandith died in “police custody” and his death triggered fresh wave of anger across Kashmir and drew condemnation from both sides of political spectrum in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shops and other business establishments also remained closed while public transport remained off the roads.

Schools, colleges and universities remained closed due to the strike called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising both factions of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq besides JKLF led by Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Authorities had also imposed restrictions in parts of downtown Srinagar in a bid to prevent protests. Also, restrictions were imposed in Awantipora, the native place of Rizwan.

A police spokesman said in a statement that Riswan was “a suspect in a militancy case and died in police custody.”“In this matter, while following the procedure laid down in section 176 of CrPC, a magisterial inquiry is underway,” the official said.

Separately, the spokesman said, the police investigation has also been initiated “in the area where the incident happened.”Police said the post-mortem of the youth was conducted while Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary appointed additional district magistrate Srinagar to inquire into the custodial death.  


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